• water droplets on wood surface

    Making wood fibres water-resistant and conductive

    Materials World magazine
    An environmentally friendly method for introducing hydrophobic propeties and electrical conductivity to wood fibres has been developed by researchers in Finland. This could find use in packaging, composite and paper applications.
  • Self-cleaning comes to clothing

    Materials Science & Technology Division
    Titanium oxide has been used on surfaces such as glass for a number of years to use sunlight to degrade particles and give a self cleaning effect. The same technology has now been applied to wool by Australian and Chinese researchers, meaning that hanging up clothes on a sunny day may be enough to clean dirty garments.
  • refuelling with nanofuels

    Exploring nanofuels

    Materials World magazine
    Nanofuels are the subject of a new feasibility study at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. They could provide a more environmentally sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, say researchers. The concept is to inject wet and dry fuels made from silicon, aluminium or iron nanoparticles (separately, as single fuels) into internal combustion engines.
  • Cleaner coating metal food can

    Cleaner coatings for food cans

    Materials World magazine
    Exploring cleaner coatings for metal cans to inhibit chemical migration into food.
  • Hydrogen molecules (red) surround an ethylene molecule (green) that is attached to two titanium atoms (blue)

    Hydrogen storage at room temperature for fuel cells

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists at the University of Virginia, based in Charlottesville, USA, claim to have discovered a material, made from titanium atoms complexed with ethylene, that can store large quantities of hydrogen at room temperature. This could help in the search for a more efficient and affordable hydrogen-powered fuel cell.
  • Energy efficient curing for concrete masonry and clay aggregates blocks

    Clay Technology magazine
    A UK manufacturer of concrete masonry and clay lightweight aggregate blocks has achieved a 44.5% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions through the use of more energy efficient curing chambers and alternative aggregates.
  • Light passing through metamaterial

    3D metamaterials from semiconductors

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists at Princeton University, USA, claim to have produced the first 3D metamaterial constructed entirely from semiconductors. They believe the new design could offer a cost effective way of creating negative refractive lenses for high-speed communications, medical diagnostics and detecting terrorist threats.
  • Introducing the Concrete Canvas

    Materials World magazine
    Industrial designers and business partners Peter Brewin and William Crawford discuss their journey to produce concrete shelters for disaster zones.
  • Dr Nicholas Dunne, Dr Susan Clarke and Dr Fraser Buchanan of Queen's University Belfast, UK

    Novel bone cements for joint repair

    Materials World magazine
    Biological cements that mimic the properties of bone are being developed and tested by researchers to repair fractures in spinal injuries.
  • Materials solutions for climate troubles

    Materials World magazine
    The Energy Materials Working Group of Materials UK has launched its Strategic Research Agenda for the energy sector over the next five, 10 and 20 years.